United States start-up debuts innovative 3D printed home

A $4000 3-D printed home still has some big barriers to overcome

ICON, the company that builds the 650-square-foot house, claims it costs just $10,000 to build and can be 3-D-printed by a Vulcan printer in 12 to 24 hours using the most common building material on Earth.

ICON said it can now construct a single story house with a Vulcan printer. Vulcan's technology is a flawless match for ICON's vision as it was created to work in the worst of circumstances and places where things like potable water and technical assistance are lacking.

A prototype house has been built in Austin, Texas, and the team plans to build a 100-home community in El Salvador.

According to the report, ICON is focused on bringing affordable housing to the estimated 1.2 billion people around the world who do not have adequate shelter.

ICON's zero energy, thermally efficient model features a living room, bathroom, bedroom, a study that could double as a second bedroom, and a wraparound porch.

With 3D printing emerging throughout the construction industry, the technology is becoming a groundbreaking production tool for affordable and sustainable housing.

New Story is also involved in urban planning, and can build homes around schools, play areas and employment opportunities. A few Pakistani new companies and business visionaries have led the pack on presenting 3D-printed innovation in different scenes at the nation over.

Could 3D printing be the answer to homelessness around the world?

Together, ICON and New Story are 3D printing homes using a cement mixture. It is hoped that in terms of housing, the cheap construction could start a trend for affordable housing.

3D printed houses, according to him, is one of the more promising technologies for creating habitats in the future. The roof is the only part that is not 3D-printed.

Jason Ballard, one of ICON's three founders says, "One of the big challenges is how are we going to create habitats in space", "You're not going to open a two by four and open screws". For this venture to succeed, they have to be the best houses... "But we knew traditional methods wouldn't make the linear change that's needed to impact the 1 billion people in need", New Story's CEO, Brett Hagler, told ConsumerAffairs. The company also added that its 3D printed homes will significantly reduce labor costs and will also create minimal waste.

Since these structures need to be sturdy and hospitable, the companies aren't taking any risks and will be refining the process right up until they take it over to El Salvador. In homes, at the moment small 3D printers can be used to create toys for children. "We are going to install air quality monitors".

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